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A Few Words About the Zika Virus: There is no specific treatment or vaccine for Zika virus, so prevention is key. The best way to avoid diseases spread by mosquitoes is to avoid being bitten altogether. 

Here are some tips on how to do it:

• Remove sources of standing water, which can become a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

• Apply insect repellents and reapply as directed. Check with your doctor about what kinds of repellents are safe to use in pregnancy.

• Remember that mosquitoes that spread Zika virus may be more likely to bite during daytime hours.

• Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants and tuck your pants into your socks when outdoors. Treat clothing and gear with permethrin (do not use on skin).

• Stay in places with air conditioning or that use window and door screens to keep mosquitoes outside.

• Wear light-colored clothing, since mosquitos are thought to be more attracted to darker colors.

• Avoid the use of scented skin care products. If you are using sunscreen, apply sunscreen before applying insect repellent.

• Sleep under a mosquito bed net if you are outdoors or overseas.

Understanding prevention now is key, and that means taking the necessary precautions to avoid being bitten.

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